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Name of Collection:  McKeithen (Charles)                                   

Accession Number:  AM15-61

Given By:  Mr. Charles McKeithen      

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the united States (Title 17, United States Code).

Date of Receipt:  October 10, 2014

Extent:  1 manuscript box                  

Inclusive Dates:  Late 19th and early 20th centuries

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

Family papers and memorabilia of donor’s father (Matthew McKeithen) and grandfather (W.M. McKeithen). The family had business activities in Meridian, MS and the counties of Kemper and Lauderdale.

1.       Large binder of documents and photographs (Note: first item in binder is copy of donor’s written history of family)

2.       File of loose, mostly local government documents

3.       Matthew’s 1890s school slate

4.       1936 Mississippi Fair and Dairy Association program, Meridian, MS

5.       1993 History of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, Meridian, MS (i.e., covers 1883-1993)

6.       Matthew’s award for his spelling merit in 1899 – child’s book Prize for Our Darling


Accession Number:   AM15-128

Given By:  Charles McKeithen  

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the united States (Title 17, United States Code).

Date of Receipt:  October 21, 2015

Extent:  .25 cubic foot            

Inclusive Dates:  1974-75; 1977

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

Scrapbook containing newspaper accounts, letters, handwritten journals, documents and pictures which tell the story of the Mississippi sawmill that was constructed in Ecuador in 1975 by Charles McKeithen’s father, Rev. Edward McKeithen, in conjunction with the Agricultural Missions Foundation. 


Accession Number:  AM16-12

Given By:  Charles McKeithen      

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the united States (Title 17, United States Code).

Date of Receipt:  February 8, 2016

Extent:  6 items

Inclusive Dates:  circa 1920s and 1940s; 1936

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

Reprints of four photographs taken prior to 1929 of the McKeithen family sawmill business. The sawmill was located in Kemper County. The McKeithen family moved it to Meridian in 1929. None of the people in the photographs are identified.

1.      A distance view of the overall sawmill. The water tank in the background indicates that the sawmill was steam powered.

2.      A closer view of the sawmill in operation. Four men with a length of timber about to be cut.

3.      Two men with a Lindsey Eight Wheel Wagon loaded with timber. They have a team of four horses to pull the load and one horse at the rear that was used to pull the logs onto the wagon.

4.      Four men cutting timber. They were using a cross-cut saw to cut the trees down. There is a bottle in the back pocket of the man in the foreground on the left. This would contain kerosene used to lubricate the saw so that the resin would not slow the cutting process. Pine needles would be used as a stopper so the kerosene could be sprinkled on the blade easily.

Reprint of a photograph of Tommie Lee Mosely who was the Block Setter at the W.M. McKeithen and Son Lumber Company sawmill, taken in the front yard of the W.M. McKeithen home, circa 1940s. Tommie Lee Mosely’s mother died at a young age while she was the cook at the McKeithen sawmill camp. Mrs. McKeithen raised all the young Mosely children as part of the McKeithen family, so Tommie Lee worked alongside Edward McKeithen at the sawmill. His attained a very important and responsible position for an African American in the 1940s.

Three-page manuscript of a brief history of House, Mississippi, written in 1936 by Mrs. Sidney B. Schamber. It describes the location, population, agriculture, education, housing and government as well as the founders of the town.


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